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On a steamy summer day one year ago, standing on a dusty Havana back-road, Carlos Gutierrez was somehow able to find the childhood home he’d last seen more than a half century earlier, before he and his family fled Fidel Castro’s communist revolution.
It’s a blood bank now, but he walked down the street, rounded a curve and recognized it right away: No. 26, a simple one-story house.
Yesterday we celebrated the one-year anniversary of renewed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. As we look back over the past year, it's easy for those who oppose engagement to point out the many things that haven't changed. Yet, in the brief period since bilateral relations were restored, we have seen more steps toward creating a freer and more open society in Cuba than all the years the Chamber has been active on this issue-and that is worth celebrating.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts this year became the first U.S. hotelier to ink a deal in Cuba in nearly six decades. Marriott International quickly announced plans to do the same, and a number of big-name competitors have since expressed interest in expanding to the island nation.
"Hotel capacity in Cuba simply has no way to keep up with demand, so Airbnb is the winner," said Jodi Hanson Bond, president of the U.S.-Cuba Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "To Airbnb's credit, they were poised with a platform that could capture the existing need."
U.S. business executives met with Cuban business people Monday during President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba in the conviction that they might be able to fix things between the two former adversaries even if government policy lags.
A series of entrepreneurial sessions was held at an old wood and tobacco warehouse that has been turned into a brewery/restaurant. The sessions, which brought together American business leaders, Cuban-American executives, Cuban entrepreneurs and representatives of both governments were capped by an appearance by Obama.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Brazil-U.S. Business Council formally released the results of a trade study it conducted assessing the impact of a U.S.-Brazil trade agreement on the U.S economy. The study results show that a trade agreement, once fully implemented, would have a positive impact on the U.S. economy, increasing national income, bilateral trade, wages and employment.
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